Marcus Tomlinson at Sketch

Madonna is a small display of artworks by image-maker Marcus Tomlinson presented at sketch in the heart of London until 10th May. The installation features large-scale fashion and landscape photographs and films set against the backdrop of wallpapers designed by the artist. In the past, Tomlinson has collaborated with luminaries such as Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan, Gareth Pugh and Philip Treacy among others.

Spanning thirty years of his career and celebrating the ‘idealised woman’, the show reflects Tomlinson’s highly-stylised work which incorporates ideas of movement and experimentation. When photographing he asks his models to move around, recording their gestures across a series of performative images. The effects of resulting movements are as central to his images as the models and clothes, metaphorically representing the power of fashion. Similarly, the wallpapers from the Dance series combine photographic “stills” sequence, producing the effect of a dancing repeat patterns.

Image: Caroline, Issey Myake A-POC, 2001 © Marcus Tomlinson